How To Be The Key This Holiday Season!

Oct 30, 2018  |  at 9:57 am  |  by awright

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As the weather gets colder and the holiday season approaches, the Coalition for the Homeless is working to compile a list of ways that community members can help those experiencing homelessness in Houston and Pasadena, and Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery counties.

If you know of an opportunity for in-kind donations or holiday volunteer service, contact Abbie Wright at awright@homelesshouston.org with relevant information.

Harmony House, Inc.
The mission of Harmony House, Inc. is to provide quality permanent and transitional housing, medical respite care and primary health care to homeless persons in Texas, through a supportive, drug and alcohol free community. This holiday season they will be in need of hygiene products, socks, gloves, cleaning supplies, mops and brooms, towels, bath mats, radios, coffee pots, crock pots, electric frying pans, and microwaves. One of their big wish list items are TV’s that show to help those with mental health issues. For additional information, you may contact Preston Witt at preston_witt@harmonyhouse.org.

SEARCH Homeless Services
SEARCH Homeless Services works to engage, stabilize, educate, employ and house individuals and families who are homeless in the Houston, Texas area. SEARCH is currently in need of radios, liquid laundry detergent, toilet paper, coffee pots, and crock pots. If you are interested in volunteering, they are currently looking volunteers to sponsor children involved in SEARCH’s programs during this season. Volunteers are matched with a child and his or her holiday wish list of three items. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Molly Martin at mmartin@SEARCHhomeless.org.

Avenue 360
The mission of Avenue 360 is to provide high quality and caring services to promote healthy people and communities. They are currently in need of air mattresses in the twin and queen sizes. For more information you may contact Tara Bates at tbates@avenue360.org.

The Women’s Home
The Women’s Home builds communities that strengthen and support families as they regain their stability. They are currently in need of new pillows (50), single sheet sets (50), comforters (50), women’s socks (white, black and colors – 100 pairs), deodorant, baby items (diapers, formula, baby wipes, pacifiers), non-perishable foods (canned vegetables/fruit, canned meat, soups/broth, cereal, pancake mix, pasta), cleaning supplies (bathroom/kitchen cleaner, Clorox wipes, Pinesol/Lysol, bleach, mops/brooms, latex gloves), laundry supplies (laundry detergent, dryer sheets, fabric softener), paper goods (toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, utensils, paper plates), bottled water, coffee, and winter clothing (all sizes and genders – hats, gloves, scarves and coats). For more information you may visit their website at www.thewomenshome.org.

The Salvation Army Young Adult Resource Center
The Young Adult Resource Center (YARC) connects homeless young adults, ages 18 to 25, to housing and other mainstream supports. YARC is in need of underwear (boxers), socks, undershirts, travel-size deodorant, winter clothes (winter coats, sweaters, gloves, scarves, beanies), and cellphone chargers (mainly androids). If you are interested in volunteering with YARC, the following opportunities are available.

  • Volunteers/servers for the Thanksgiving meal (Wednesday, November 21 at 1pm)
  • Volunteers/servers for the Christmas meal (Thursday, December 20, at 1pm)

From more information you may contact Rafael Sarango at rafael.sarango@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Harris County Protective Services – Adult Services Division
The HCPS Adult Services Division provides services to adults living in Harris County who need assistance to manage their affairs. This holiday season they are in need of toiletries and adult pajamas. You may contact Melva Parker at melva.parker@cps.hctx.net for more information.

The HAY Center
The HAY Center, a program of Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults, a public/private partnership, provides much needed services to foster youth transitioning to adulthood in our community. They are currently in need of fleece jackets, backpacks, blankets, socks, and cell phone chargers. You may contact Mary Green at mary.green@cps.hctx.net to learn more.

The Beacon
The Beacon is a non-profit organization that serves the Houston homeless community through daily services, civil legal aid, counseling and mentoring and access to housing. Click here to view their website. This will be updated periodically, as they see the need for certain items.

Change Happens
Change Happens! is a community-based non-profit in Third Ward, Houston,TX that provides programs and services to “empower people to help themselves.” They are currently in need of cleaning supplies, brooms and mops, hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors, shampoo and conditioner, combs and brushes, soap), socks, blankets, radios, kitchenware (pots and pans, silverware, cups, bowls), towels, sheets, and toilet paper. For information about volunteer opportunities, you may contact Rhonney Leopold at rleopold@changehappenstx.org.

Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston
The mission of Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston is to promote health, hope and dignity for Houston’s homeless through accessible and comprehensive care. Their holiday needs include anything that could be included in a hygiene kit, socks, and water. For any additional questions, you may contact Frances Isbell at fisbell@bcm.edu.

The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc.
The Bridge Over Troubled Waters offers support, provides safety, and helps prevent domestic and sexual violence in the Houston area. This holiday season they are in need of low-sugar cereals, fresh or canned fruit, twin-size bedding (sheets, pillowcases, and blankets), washcloths, and towels. To find out more about their volunteer opportunities, you can visit their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

Alief ISD
Alief ISD has many families and unaccompanied youth that have a hard time affording essential winter clothing this holiday season. They are in great need of children’s sweaters and coats. For more information on donating, you may contact Maria Avalos-Garcia at 281-498-8110 ext. 27742.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Catholic Charities provides food, clothing and shelter for people in need and a network of services supporting infants to seniors. This holiday season they are in need of toys for children 11-16 years of age. For more information you may contact Karina Hernandez at khernandez@catholiccharities.org.